Patricia Hughes paints the shore, the desert and the mountains near her home in Southern California. Favorite painting spots are the cliffs of Palos Verdes and the surf at El Porto. Painting “en plein air” is a passion for the artist, and she revels in the joy and the challenges of painting outside. Inspired by the work of Spanish painter, Joaquin Sorolla, Patty attempts to bring her paintings to life with the play of color and light across the landscape. The small color sketches completed on-site are the genesis for the larger works completed in her studio.
Patty received fine arts instruction at Harbor College and Cal State Dominguez Hills where her work was influenced by master painters Gila Hirsch and Craig Antrim. She has also studied with several outstanding plein air artists, including Kevin MacPherson, Katherine Stats and Lori Putnam. Patty participates in the local art scene through art festival competitions and her membership in the California Art Club, the Los Angeles Art Association, and the Artists’ Open Group at the Palos Verdes Art Center.